As I’m writing this, it’s the Friday before the pre-patch, so in effect, I’ve parked my butt while waiting for all of the changes to go into effect. While my Warlock hasn’t gotten to 60 yet, I’m level 58 (and a half!), so that’s more than enough for her to go into Outland.
Even better on the preparation front, I switched her back over to Engineering and powered her up to 300 over the space of three intense days of farming and crafting. The only hard part was getting enough thorium, as it’s over-mined by bored level 60s. So I did have to spend about 50 gold or so on the auction house for what I needed.
But other than a pair of goggles, I haven’t really crafted much in the way of devices and gadgets to take with me. I took a look over the list and decided that the one thing (other than a mechanical squirrel) that I wanted for Burning Crusade was the teleport to Gadgetzan. Having what’s in effect a second hearthstone will be invaluable, especially since it’ll let me jump between the worlds.
But yeah, pre-patch is what I’m living for! I can’t wait to get my felguard on my Lock and start up my Shaman. I’ve been lucking out with several dropped 16-slot traveler backpacks lately, so I have bag space ready for that Draenei. And I’m going to split my 1500 gold reserve in half, giving each of my two characters enough for an epic mount.
My main hope is that the champing-at-the-bit day one crowd will rush ahead and leave me in relative peace to level up without having to compete against a mob. It’s going to be messy, but at least I won’t feel pressured to make fast progress thanks to already having a character at the top.